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Course module: 202000750
Chem. & Technol. of Organic Materials
Course info
Course module202000750
Credits (ECTS)4
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. M.A. Hempenius
Contactperson for the course
dr. M.A. Hempenius
dr. M.A. Hempenius
Examiner E.P. Houwman
Academic year2020
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After this course the student is able to:

Describe / Explain
a)  understand the main polymerization mechanisms, know how desired molar masses are reached and know the molecular characteristics of the produced polymers (e.g. molar mass distribution).
b)  explain the principles of various characterization methods in solution and in the melt.
c)  explain the differences between amorphous and crystalline materials.
d)  understand (dynamic) mechanical properties of polymers and of crosslinked polymers (elastomers), viscoelastic behavior of polymers and polymer viscosity in the melt and in solution.
e)  explain the interactions between polymers and solvents, and polymer networks and solvents.
f)  perform calculations on the mechanical properties of elastomers.
g)  calculate the temperature dependence of relaxation times and melt viscosities.
h)  calculate molecular dimensions of polymers.
Problem solving
i)  choose appropriate synthesis routes for specific polymers.
j)  propose how to introduce end groups and how to form block copolymers (polymer architectures).
The CTOM course provides students with knowledge in the areas of polymer synthesis, characterization, properties in the melt and in solution, and of state of the art polymerization (including living ionic and controlled radical) processes. Relations between the structure of polymers and their properties and applications are discussed.
The CTOM course consists of two parts: Polymer Chemistry and Polymer Physics. In the Polymer Chemistry part, basic properties of polymers, polymer synthesis techniques, and polymerization mechanisms and kinetics are discussed. In the Polymer Physics part, structure-property relations, amorphous and semicrystalline polymers, mechanical properties, viscoelasticity, chain dimensions, polymer networks and properties in solution will be dealt with.
Assumed previous knowledge
• CSE MOD01: study unit Fundamentals of Chemistry (8.5 EC) plus CSE MOD03: study unit Materials (9.5 EC).
• Students with a different prior education should have passed similar courses to be admissible.
Module 8B
Participating study
Bachelor Chemical Science & Engineering
Required materials
Recommended materials
Instructional modes

Presence dutyYes

Chem. & Technol. of Organic Materials

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